What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop and music talent. Today's guest is Ania Sari. Ania Sari is a Michigan born, LA-Based artist now residing in Dallas, Texas. Inspired by the R&B/soul genre and known for her participation in award winning Show Choirs and A-Capella groups she continues her love for music as an R&B artist. With the help of mentorship programs by Apple Creative Studios, Soho House, and Creative Futures. Ania Sari pursues her career as a Singer/Songwriter.
Ania is picking up steam in her city so you know we had to tap in. Checkout the interview below!
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Ania? Your music is dope. When did you start making music?
Ania Sari: I started recording professionally about three years ago.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Ania Sari: I have been singing since before I could talk, as my family says. My mom is a music lover and phenomenal singer, she would play notes on the piano and I would sing them at only 9 Months old. My grandfather was also in a jazz band so between the two of them, piano lessons, dance and just being emerged in so much creative activities; music became a huge love of mine.
Westleaf Staff: That's so cool. Music runs in your family. What city do you represent?
Ania Sari: It's hard to claim one place when I'm Michigan born and California somewhat raised. I like to claim both the cities I love; Detroit and Los Angeles.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to LA and Detroit. Y'all have a lot of talent. So how did you create your stage name?
Ania Sari:My stage name is actually my first and middle name. I wanted to be known for being me, in that case, I just went with the name I was given.
Westleaf Staff: I love that. So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Ania Sari: I would say it's tied between Jhene Aiko and Rihanna. I love the peace and joy Jhene's music brings me. I'm also a love for a more edgy sound and Rihanna has just an all around essence I always loved about her!
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Gotta love Ri Ri and Jhene. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Ania Sari: I would play piano and write songs everyday after school. A good friend of mine had come over and after being begged to play something, I gathered the courage to play a song I had written at the time. I was only around 13 years old. She asked me why I didn't pursue a career in music and put my music out there and I realized I had never really thought about taking it seriously; it's just something I do for me because it's what I love. Making music feels like a necessity to me, I can't go a day without it. Not once, did I ever think of it as a career choice, only in my dreams. After that moment, I had to overcome the fears of performing, being vulnerable, what people think of me and realize there will be people who love my art just as much as I do. From that point on I just keep creating for me and finally years later, here I am. Releasing my second song, You Got It and working on more.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Much respect. So what does art mean to you?
Ania Sari: Music is my lifeline. It's the most authentic thing, I believe, us as artists have. Making music has been therapy and healing for me since before I knew about recording.
Westleaf Staff: That's real! Music is healing.Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Ania Sari: I definitely can see my career taking off in the next few years. I'll be growing a very solid fanbase, releasing my first E.P and album, and going on tour. It would also be very fun to headline for other artists as well. I could see a whole lot happening for my career in the next few years, there's so many opportunities out there!
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success in your career! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Ania Sari: Necessary. Authentic. Life Changing.
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